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The death of a journalist who worked for a celebrity gossip website leads detectives to her publisher, who sought to use information she gathered for a story to blackmail a well-known talk show host.


Marc Levin


Dick Wolf (created by), Ed Zuckerman | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Sisto ... Detective Cyrus Lupo
Anthony Anderson ... Detective Kevin Bernard
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
Linus Roache ... E.A.D.A. Michael Cutter
Alana De La Garza ... A.D.A. Connie Rubirosa
Sam Waterston ... D.A. Jack McCoy
Raúl Esparza ... Dennis Di Palma
Jason Kravits ... Attorney Baron
Leslie Hendrix ... Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers
Danny Burstein ... Judge Sam Murray
Samantha Bee ... Vanessa Carville
Alexandra Silber ... Sara Bradley
Tom Lipinski ... Derek Fanning
Joanne Baron ... Judge Danielle Payne
Ezra Barnes ... Mark Beck


When Detectives Cyrus Lupo and Kevin Bernard find journalist Megan Kerr dead in an abandoned apartment, the detectives learn of a relationship between the victim and daytime talk show host Vanessa Carville. Upon further investigation, the detectives encounter Carville in a meeting with DA Jack McCoy, and Carville admits to a series of workplace affairs and a blackmail threat leaving the detectives suspicious of Carville and her co-workers. Written by NBC Publicity

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Release Date:

15 January 2010 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.78 : 1
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The subplot of a talk show host being blackmailed is based on a similar attempt to blackmail David Letterman. See more »


When Vanessa, the talk show host, tells Detective Bernard "No more sandwiches for you", he drops the sandwich on the table. When Vanessa's husband enters the room, Bernard is holding the sandwich again, Vanessa leaves, and Bernard drops it down on the table. See more »


Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers: Well, she's fresh. Died sometime last night. Cause of death is definitely strangulation. The bruises look hand-shaped. I'll put her in the fridge and see if I can get more definition.
Cyrus Lupo: Any signs of sexual assault?
Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers: There's no vaginal tearing and there's no semen in her, so she hadn't had sex within 72 hours or she used a condom. But I did find this. A pubic hair from her upper thigh, and it isn't hers.
Kevin Bernard: Wrong color?
Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers: No, wrong gender. Find the penis it belongs to and you'll have a lead.
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The first "turkey" in an exceptionally outstanding 20th year
15 January 2010 | by garrardSee all my reviews

Loosely based on the recent David Letterman blackmail scandal, "Blackmail" tries to take a different route by having a FEMALE talk show host being blackmailed because of her frequent affairs with subordinate FEMALE staffers. One of the host's former employees and lover is murdered and that is the catalyst for which the investigation begins.

A twist involves the blackmailer himself being blackmailed by an accomplice and, in turn, DA McCoy's crew has to resort to a similar tactic to get a conviction on the murder.

This is a rather dull episode, only "enlivened" by S. Epatha Merkerson's "Van Buren" still coping with her cancer as well as making a humorous observation about the physical appearance of cops Lupo (Jeremy Sisto) and Bernard (Anthony Anderson).

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